Gaea by Robina Williams

gaea1Reviewed by Diane Pollock

A brutal rape, a woman’s unconscious body kicked coldly into a ditch.

Thus we are introduced to the goddess Gaea (or Earth) as she has temporarily taken a human and vunerable form. Symbolic? Of course, and sadly real. Gaea is accompanied by a seraph throughout the book and must plead with the Creator, the Lord of All for the right to seek vengance for her creatures and their world. An icy heart would melt at her pleas, the gentlest of hearts would flare with shared anger.

It is very hard to place this book into a specific genre. Fantasy, myth, Christian, New Age, philosophy all come to mind. The author neatly ties many genres and schools of thought together while still keeping the storyline manageable and coherent. As a newcomer to the series I found the book quite accessible although there was some discord at first in trying to sort out the various characters and their relaions. The endearingly lazy friars, the designing angels and the various dieties.

This is a powerful tale well told, a clarion call for action to heal the world that will resound well with those of the Christian faith as well as those of us who just like to curl up with a tale of ancient lore. Forced by God to forego vengenance, but allowed to warn, Gaea turns Nature against Man in a all to realistic “climatic” ending.

A review copy of this book was supplied to the reviewer by the publisher.

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